Liam Carey compositions and recordings


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Biographies - short and long versions which can be used for programme notes:


Short

Liam Carey (b. 1980) is a composer of contemporary classical music, both instrumental and electronic. Originally from London, he is currently based in Liverpool, where he is working towards a PhD in Composition exploring the cognitive and perceptual causes of consonance and dissonance. Liam likes to call himself a Perceptualist composer as he is interested in using an understanding of auditory perception and Gestalt psychology to write pieces which play with the listeners experience of the music.


Long

Born in 1980, Liam Carey was raised in London where his formative musical experiences mainly involved playing guitar in various rock bands. He attended Liverpool University, were he completed his undergraduate degree in Music in 2002, focusing on composition and orchestration. He is currently working towards a PhD in Composition exploring the cognitive and perceptual causes of consonance and dissonance, and seeing whether these ideas can be applied to elements of music other than harmony.

Liam likes to call himself as a Perceptualist composer as he is interested in writing pieces which deal with auditory perception in a way similar to the Op art movement. He is influenced by composers from a variety of styles but who all deal in some way with auditory perception, such as the minimalist composers La Monte Young and Steve Reich, the experimental composers Alvin Lucier and James Tenney, and the spectralist composers Tristan Murail and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Over the years Liam has also been active in a variety of musical styles including rock, electronica, dance, folk, as well as contemporary classical music, including playing guitar, banjo, drums and producing electronic dance music, all of which Liam is keen to incorporate into his compositions.